Spring and Summer storm tips
Spring is here and summer is not far behind..Spring and Summer are very unpredictable when it comes to storms. It can bring rain, wind and even hail!
In the Northeast we're used to temps going from 80 one day to 50 the next, This does take it's toll on us! This is why we need to be ever vigilant when it comes to preparing for the storm season inside and out.
Here are some tips for preparing for storm season.
- Assess. Take a walk around your property often to see if there is any damage. Especially after Winter!
- Check your gutters to make sure they are clear of debris and don't neglect to check the roof and chimney for damaged shingles and potential areas where leaking can occur.
- Trim and prune trees of all dead limbs and pick up any that may have fallen over the winter. These can become projectiles in a windy storm.
- Make sure that your sump pump is in working order; Winter thaw and Spring runoff can really wreak havoc in your basement.
- Always make sure that your outside items are secured or better yet; picked up and put away in the case that a storm is coming.
In the Northeast; we have many rural and secluded areas that are beautiful to live in; but with that beauty comes some sacrifices. Many of these homeowners deal with power outages on a pretty regular basis.
So, whether your preparing for a potential storm or are frequently without power; it's always good to plan for the power to be out for an extended period of time.
Think ahead. Make ice, lots of it. This will come in handy with coolers to keep your food fresh and also to keep your refrigerator and freezer cold.
Have a battery powered radio for updates on when the power may be restored to your area.
Make sure that your cell phone is charged.
These are just a few tips to help you have a safe and happy Spring!
Can water damaged insulation be saved?
Removing wet insulation
My insulation is wet! Can it be saved??
There are two types of insulation that most homeowners use. These are known as fiberglass batts, AKA "The pink stuff" and blown-in cellulose loose-fill.
Both are susceptible to attic water damage but in two specific ways.
Cellulose loose-fill, made of pulverized particles of paper and cloth, absorbs a large volume of water and compacts, losing the fluffy characteristics that make it an effective insulator.
Soaked Cellulose insulation will simply retain water and is very resistant to drying. Generally, wet cellulose is not salvageable and will need to be replaced.
Fiberglass is technically waterproof, inside an enclosed attic the thick batt retains moisture which degrades its thermal resistance properties.
Saturated insulation typically loses at least 40% of its insulating R-value.
Mold is another thing that should be taken into consideration.
Depending on how long your insulation has been wet; Mold growth may have set in. Be prepared to inspect your insulation before deciding between trying to dry or simply replacing.
Drying a large area of soaked insulation as well as detecting mold is a labor-intensive process that should be left to professionals. Due to the chance of contamination.
Chances are you're going to want to just replace the affected insulation. Mold is quick to grow and spread, leading to a potential health hazard.
If you find evidence of water leaks in your attic, don't hesitate to reach out for help because time is of the essence and mold is not far behind.
SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton has got you covered! If you have questions regarding water or mold, Give us a call at 603-298-6942!
Fire Damage Restoration basics
Fire is a destructive force and can leave many types of damage in it's wake!
The obvious damage comes from the fire itself as it burns, but where there is fire; there is smoke,soot,water,chemicals used to put the fire out and a host of other problems.
SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton has the equipment and experience to handle your unique situation, and with a restore vs.replace mentality; it's our goal to get you back into your home asap!
Although each fire is unique and poses it's own set of problems, there is a general process that is followed.
- Emergency Contact (When you first call us).
- Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment.
- Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
- Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
- Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces.
- Cleaning and Repair.
For a more in depth look into our fire damage restoration process; Click on this link.
And for questions about fire,smoke or soot damage; give us a call at 603-298-6942.
Spring rains are here!
Spring is officially here in the Northeast and with it comes the big melt!
If you want to avoid a flood in your basement or cellar follow these helpful tips:
To prevent water from leaking through your foundation, look to gutters for your first line of defense.
While gutter-and-downspout systems protect your house from rainwater and snow melt, they can also compound drainage problems by concentrating roof runoff at a house's corners close to the foundation.
To carry water away, attach a sloped leader to each gutter and guide water at least 10 feet from the foundation.
Downspouts can also be directed to dump directly into an above or under ground catch basin which will redistribute the water slowly back into the ground via small holes drilled throughout the basin.
Plug gaps and holes in basement.
If you see water dribbling into the basement through cracks or gaps around plumbing pipes, you can plug the openings yourself with hydraulic cement or polyurethane caulk.
Check your landscaping.
Check that your landscaping isn’t allowing water to pool around your foundation.
Soil should always slope away from your foundation for at least three feet. If the soil around your foundation is level or slopes back toward your home, add enough fresh soil to allow water to flow away and allow at least six inches of clear space between your foundation and your landscaping.
Maintain Your Plumbing.
While most of the hazards that lead to water in the basement come from outside water; water and drain pipes inside your home could also cause an issue. Plumbing maintenance begins with using your drains properly, including sinks, bathtubs, showers, and toilets.
Waterproof the Walls.
Waterproofing the walls is an effective way of keeping rain- and groundwater out of your basement.
You can paint the interior of your basement walls with a waterproofing product, while a professional waterproofing company will need to waterproof the exterior side of your foundation.
Water in your basement can lead to mold growth and that can lead to health concerns!
Be vigilant in checking for water leaks in your home and basement to avoid big water problems in the future!
Preventing fires at your business!
Fire Causes around $10 Billion In Damage Per Year according to the "Burden of Tobacco in your Workplace, page 1 by tobaccofreetippecanoe.org"
Fire safety tips for the workplace are as important as fire tips for the home! Here are some tips for businesses:
Eliminate workplace fire hazards.
- Replace damaged electrical outlets, cords, cables, etc.
- Be mindful of overloaded outlets and circuits.
- Fire exits need to be free of any obstacles.
Prepare for emergencies!
- Follow workplace protocol and guidelines.
- Ensure that smoke alarms and sprinkler systems are installed and working properly.
- Conduct regular fire drills.
Employers should follow these workplace fire safety tips:
- Post clear fire escape plans on every level.
- Educate all employees on emergency procedures, exit locations and escape routes.
- Install and properly maintain all fire safety equipment.
- Use only electrical products evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory (i.e. UL).
- Immediately replace damaged, hazardous equipment.
- Only use three-prong plugs in three-slot outlets (and, similarly: two-slot plug into two-slot outlets).
Heaters must include a thermostat control mechanism.
SMOKE ALARMS ARE A NECESSITY, NOT AN OPTION.
Invest in smoke detectors for every room or office.
Test your smoke detectors and sprinkling system monthly.
Replace smoke detector batteries at least once a year unless you have a 10yr lithium battery detector.
Never disable a smoke alarm.
Provide for disabled employees by considering these two types of detectors:
- Audible alarms (pauses between the siren wail allow for auditory communication) are available for the visually impaired.
- Visual alarms (with a flashing light or vibrating pad) are available for the hearing impaired.
Know and understand the fire emergency and evacuation plan with these workplace fire safety tips:
- Plan multiple escape routes from as many locations as possible.
- Fire escapes need to be stable, secure, and easily accessible.
- Ensure that windows are easily accessed and easily opened.
- Never use the elevator.
We never know when disaster may strike! Keeping your self and your employees safe is the most important thing.
SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton is here for you if disaster strikes; Let us take care of your business, so you can focus on your employees.
Biohazard clean up is serious business!
We have quite a lot of large facilities in the Upper Valley. From hospitals to supermarkets and manufacturing businesses.
One thing they all have in common is that they use hazardous chemicals. Whether it's a cleaning product or a chemical used in the manufacturing process; exposure to biohazard or chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences!
SERVPRO of Lebanon / Hanover / Littleton is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.
We provide cleanup and recovery services for many different biohazard situations. Which include the following:
Crime scene residues
Tear gas cleanup
Meth lab cleanup
Any biohazard situation requires immediate attention!
SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton is available to you 24 hours a day at 603-298-6942.
Give us a call and let us handle it for you!
Post construction cleanup
Post Construction Cleanup
Remodeling your home or office can be a stressful undertaking!
When the remodel is done, you're left with a beautiful brand new space that is covered with a layer of construction dust that is nearly impossible to get rid of on your own.
If you’ve ever tried to clean up sheet rock duct or the fine sawdust left from the finish work, you know it’s easier to fit a square peg in a round hole. It seems impossible to sweep, wipe, or vacuum post construction dust without simple stirring it up and re-spreading. We have the solution!
SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton have the products and equipment to make your finished project shine!
Hepa Vacs and filters
Duct Cleaning Vacuum
High Pressure Steam Clearers
SERVPRO RBT Drywall Dust Remover, Amor Guard and Wall and All to name a few.
A good post-construction clean targets these areas;
Outside of the structure
Walls, windows and Ceilings
Air Ducts and HVAC
Counters, Cabinets and Drawers
If you are undertaking a remodel or have some new construction underway; Call SERVPRO at 603-298-6942 and we'll be there to make it shine.
Fire Prevention is the key!
Common Fire Hazards
Kitchen fires from unattended cooking, grease fires
Electrical systems that are overloaded, poorly maintained or defective
Candles and other open flames
Smoking (Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, lighters, etc.)
Fireplace chimneys not properly or regularly cleaned
Heating appliances - fireplaces, wood burning stoves, furnaces, boilers, portable heaters, solid fuels.
Household appliances - clothes dryers, curling irons, hair dryers, refrigerators, freezers, boilers.
Check Your Smoke Alarms
Use Daylight Savings Time as a reminder to check your smoke alarms. Replace conventional batteries at least once a year, even if alarms are wired directly into your homes electrical system.
For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside every sleeping area and in each bedroom.
Smoke alarms expire after 10 years. So if your alarm is more than 10 years old, you should install a new one.
Create and Practice a Fire Escape Plan with two ways out of every room.
Have all emergency phone numbers in an easy to see place and make sure everyone knows where they are.
Fire prevention is key! But if the worse happens, Call SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton at 603-298-6942 and we'll be there to help you through this most difficult time.
When Vandalism Strikes!
Graffiti is a form of visual communication, usually illegal, involving the unauthorized marking of public space by an individual or group. Although the common image of graffiti is a stylistic symbol or phrase spray-painted on a wall by a member of
a street gang, some graffiti is not gang-related. Graffiti can be understood as antisocial behaviour performed in order to gain attention or as a form of thrill seeking, but it also can be understood as an expressive art form.
Graffiti can also be an eyesore on your business and can keep people from entering or using your business!
Does your business or home need some TLC on the outside?
Did you know that SERVPRO will come out and clean up any graffiti or vandalism on your business or home? In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, we can also
clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry.
Call 1-603-298-6942 today if your business or home need a freshening up for the New Year!
Like it never even happened.
How to spot water damage
Significant Water damage to home!
How to Check your home for Water Damage!
Don't wait until a BIG disaster happens! Taking the time to complete the steps below periodically; Can save you from that big disaster and will keep that hard earned cash in your pocket!!
Step 1 - Check the Walls
The easiest sign of water damage to spot is water stains on the walls and ceilings. Also check around the window and door frames for stains. Any unusual stains should be taken seriously, as they could be a sign of a leaky pipe or drain inside the wall. Also look for cracks in the drywall and bubbling under the paint. An area of wall that has been exposed to water can also have a swollen appearance and be soft to the touch.
Step 2 - Check the Floors
Water damage can happen to any type of flooring and can also seep down to the sub floor. Look for any warping or buckling of the floors, especially in the basement. If the floor looks warped, water damage is most likely the cause.
Step 3 - Check the Pipes
Inspect the piping in the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, and basement for corrosion around the pipe connections, leaks, or water stains. Inspect the caulking around the bathroom fixtures. Missing or loose caulking could be caused by water seepage. Look for missing grout or signs of mold. Check the water heater for wet spots on the floor and rust on the tank.
Step 4 - Check the Basement
Basement leakage is a common problem found in houses. Water in the basement often causes damage to the flooring, baseboards, walls, and furniture. Additionally, odors caused by mold and
mildew can be unpleasant and even cause health problems. Inspect for cracks, stains, rust, dampness, mold, and odors.If you have
drywall in your basement, Water can wick up it. Check all drywall for signs of water or water stains.
Step 5 - Check the Attic
Check the attic for stains, mold, and other signs of leaks. Pay special attention to the valleys where 2 roof planes come together, the flashing where the roof meets the walls, and the flashing around roof vents and chimneys. The insulation should be dry and in good condition. Houses located in cold climates can develop ice dams on the roof, which cause water to leak into the
attic from melting snow and ice on the roof. Also make sure that attic ventilation is sufficient.
Step 6 - Check the Exterior
Make sure to check the exterior of the house as well. Check the roof for damaged flashing and missing, cracked, or curled shingles. If you see standing water anywhere outside the home, it
could be the sign of a problem. A puddle could be due to poor drainage in the yard, leaky rain gutters, or gutter spouts that don’t take water far enough from the house. The house should be
situated on the highest point of the property, with the ground sloping away from the house.
If you see any signs of water damage in your home; call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton at 1-603- 298-6942 today. Don't let that small amount of water become a HUGE problem for you!